Thursday 29 September 2016

'Ducksie' a real hero

Published 06/08/2016 | 02:30

‘Ducksie’ was an incredible sportsman and role model. Photo: Michael O'Rourke
‘Ducksie’ was an incredible sportsman and role model. Photo: Michael O'Rourke

The death of handball legend Michael 'Ducksie' Walsh has really hit Kilkenny, and sport in general, hard this week. In my teen years I had two sporting idols, DJ Carey and 'Ducksie'.

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I remember meeting him out on one of the nights that I was celebrating my first All-Ireland win and it was real privilege to be in his company.

Only a couple of weeks ago I met him in the gym in Hotel Kilkenny. He was still competing and preparing as hard as ever.

'Ducksie' was an incredible sportsman and role model and his success in establishing himself as the most successful handballer ever reflected that.

Irish Independent

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